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James Henry LENTON

Regimental number160
Place of birthBowral, New South Wales
SchoolPublic school, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressRailway Crescent, Bowral, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 9"
Weight153 lbs
Next of kinMrs Catherine Lenton, Railway Crescent, Bowral, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in Senior Cadets; 6 weeks in the Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date21 September 1914
Place of enlistmentTownsville, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit name15th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 8 August 1915
Place of death or woundingLone Pine, Gallipoli, Turkey
Date of death8 August 1915
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 47), Gallipoli, Turkey

The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.

The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.

The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
76
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Joseph and Catherine LENTON, 32 Bathurst Street, Woollahra, New South Wales. Native of Bowral
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Cairns, Queensland, for Garrison Duty, Thursday Island; enlisted, 14 August 1914; embarked Thursday Island on board HT 'Kanowna', to take part in capture of German New Guinea, and taken on strength of Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Force; ship forced to return to Townsville on account of trouble caused by ship's firemen; did not participate in capture of German New Guinea; discharged, 17 September 1914; eligible for British War Medal.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 12 April 1915.

Reported missing, 8 August 1915.

Court of Enquiry, Serapeum, 6-8-20 April 1916, concluded: 'Killed in action, 8 August 1915.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, LENTON James Henry

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